Helping More Than Seniors


The word “aging” in the acronym COA is too narrow a description for the work and the services provided by the Tri-Town councils on aging. On any given day, hundreds of seniors benefit from everything from an educational class, exercise, shopping, filling out complicated federal forms, or dental cleanings. Supporting a human being in nearly […] Read more »

Gone Fishing


Rochester Scout Pack 30 had a fishing day at Five Mile Pond at Camp Cachelot in Myles Standish State Forest on September 27. The Cub Scouts were being trained in the art of fishing, tying knots for their hooks, as well as baiting a hook. Joshua Ernstzen, 7, (middle right) was the first Cub Scout […] Read more »

The Early Days of Rochester Police and Fire


If you called the Rochester Police some time in the 1960s, chances are Officer Joseph Chamberlain would pull up in his family sedan, and occasionally, he was accompanied by his young son Bill. There were no radios, no way to call for backup if needed – heck, there wasn’t even a police station at the […] Read more »

The Halloween Contests Are Here!


Are you ready for some spooktacular fun? Dust off the cobwebs and sharpen those scary pencils. Once again, The Wanderer is hosting three Halloween contests to get you into the Halloween spirit! Contest 1 – The Halloween Story Contest – Write a story, and maybe even win a prize! During the month of October, The […] Read more »

Local Equestrians Compete at Special Olympics


Seven equestrian student riders belonging to Seahorse Farm in Mattapoisett headed to Hanover on Sunday, September 20, to compete at the Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) South Shore Equestrian Tournament held at Briggs Stables. Horseback riding teacher Julie Craig provides lessons to her regular students – ranging in age from 9 to 64 years old – […] Read more »

Bikers Ride Again for Brad Barrows


Every year for the past six years, those who knew the late Brad Barrows gather at the former “Brad’s” at 35 County Road to honor and remember its past owner with a ride around town to raise money for a cause that was important to Barrows – kids participating in youth sports. Dick Barrett helps […] Read more »

MNHM After School Program


The Marion Natural History Museum afterschool group hit the beach Wednesday afternoon.  We found many types of fish, including Puffer fish, Tautogs, and other animals such as Mantis shrimp, and all sorts of crabs. It was a great way to celebrate one of the last days of summer. Many thanks to Sarah Porter and all […] Read more »

The Birth of a Butterfly


The butterfly. The symbol of transformation, new beginnings, and the embodiment of the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Few creatures on this earth can evoke such a strong sense of wonder in human beings like the butterfly. Secluded within its chrysalis, the butterfly hides itself from the world, swathed in the secrets of the […] Read more »

Firefighter Chowder Competition a Success


Mattapoisett Fire Lieutenant Justin Dubois had no clue that his idea to hold the Firefighter’s Association Chowder Competition would be met with such enthusiasm by the community. During a follow-up interview, Dubois said anywhere from 300 to 400 community members turned out for the September 13 event to sample the recipes of 16 different teams […] Read more »

Cruisin’ Classic Stories


“Johnny Angel how I love him…” “Rock-n-roll is here to stay…” “Rockin’ Robin, oh oh oh Rockin’ Robin – go Rockin’ Robin ‘cause we’re really gonna rock tonight…” As the golden oldies jogged memories and brought back long-forgotten song lyrics – lyrics that found their way to the lips – several, shall I say, “old […] Read more »